Top Chef Ilan Hall Opening The Gorbals in Brooklyn
Exciting news for fans of Top Chef winner and Knife Fight star Ilan Hall - the LA toque is heading to the Big Apple. Our LA editor Lesley Balla recently interviewed Hall about Knife Fight and he revealed that he will be opening an outpost of his downtown LA spot The Gorbals in Williamsburg in April 2014. Hall tells us:
"Well, it’s in New York, in Brooklyn. It’s kind of a big deal for me. It's going to be The Gorbals, in Williamsburg. It will be similar, it will have the same soul as here, but it's New York. It's a little scary, to tell you the truth. Los Angeles is a bit more nourishing and is excited about new chefs. New York is much more... I don't know. People are ready to pounce. But that’s why I hired a chef, I’ll have to be moving around a lot. My family is already there, and I'm going back and forth between the two restaurants now. I mean, I got here [The Gorbals LA] at 7 AM this morning...At some point you have to expand, and this is it. I’m only going to be 31 once."
Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.